…but I may or may not have told a few people that I am! With a little Tagalog under my belt, maybe I will be by the time our year here is over? :) I can’t believe this is already the beginning of our fourth week in Manila! Time is flying by, and we are certainly having fun getting to know the city.
Although our Tour de Oahu was a blast, we really spent the majority of our vacation in Oahu relaxing, eating good food, and avoiding sunburn. On the second day there, we discovered the hotel offered complimentary snorkeling equipment for an hour a day. I am known to be perfectly fine in open water one day, and the next time go out and have mild panic attacks while clutching Erik’s arm underwater and “making him swim first.” Should JAWS appear, I would be the first to notice as I spend a considerable amount of time underwater doing 360s looking for him. Unluckily for Erik, the first snorkeling day was somewhat of a mild panic attack day. At least this time I was able to somewhat cope by
knowing Erik would be eaten first taking pictures of the fish underwater. Thanks to Uncle Jake for letting us borrow his sweet underwater camera!
And so we come to the last post on our self-guided tour of Oahu! Just as we realized we were getting a little hungry, we came upon a bright yellow food truck on the side of the road so we stopped for a little snack. With a name like Shrimp Shack, you can’t go wrong!
After leaving the Nu’una Pali Lookout, we headed towards our next stop: the Byodo-in Temple. The temple was created to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants that came to Hawaii and is a smaller scale replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan. They ask visitors to speak quietly out of respect for this religious place, which adds to the already serene atmosphere there.
After a few days of mostly just relaxing, we decided to rent a car for the day to do some exploring. As luck would have it, we ended up being the first in line in the morning and scored this sweet ride for the day. Hello Mustang Sally!